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. if you look at the con fliens of great water, the mississippi river, the states of florida, the yuck tan channel. you look at the biodiversity as well as mexico you look at the challenges between what i would call the interaction of the natural world and the manmade world. it's an important part of the world but a very complex part of the world when you bring in the economic and public infrastructure down there. what you get as we an increasing population and expansion that supports that population. you have increasing interaction with the natural environment. greater doge of complexity, we start to introduce concepts like climate change and conditions of uncertainty, the level of the types of events that can occur there in terms of the order of magnitude and the consequences grows. we know the frequency is increasing. and today we're going talk a little bit about the unique area of the world from a couple of different perspectives. i would like do you think about a couple of things as we do that. the first is overriding concept of resiliency. several months ago they produced a national
freedom ring from every hill in mississippi. >> from every mountainside, let freedom ring. stannic and when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring from every village, every hamlet, every state and every city. >> we will be able to speed up that day when all of god's children, black men, white men, jews and gentiles, protestants, catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of old negro spiritual. >> free at last! free at last! thank god almighty, we are free at last! [applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ with ♪ ♪ we are free, free at last ♪ we are free ♪ free at last ♪ ♪ ♪ [cheering] >> live pictures this afternoon at the lincoln memorial as we continue bringing shots from around the nation's capital on this inaugural weekend. fifth grade students from watkins elementary school on the national mall in washington giving the annual reading of dr. martin luther king i have a dream speech from august of 1963 kuran washington fifth. now to the white house where the crews have been working on audience bleachers and the reviewing stand in front of
to read mississippi, west virginia, kentucky alabama and south carolina. when i first looked at this i was thinking this has to have something to do with being in the southeastern athletic conference, the ncaa. it was my hypophysis. i am not sure. we see california, new york a fraction of that rate at which they are exporting the guns used in crime. when you do the regression analysis to see which of these are most important, you find the most powerful deterrent to exporting the crime guns is to having this discretionary permit to purchase system. but even having a nondiscretionary permitting process where you actually have to show up at a law enforcement agency reduce export rates by 55%, statistically significant, and importantly for the policies that we are talking about now being considered as private sales regulations reduced version across the state lines by 30%, and by similar magnitude, the theft and false reporting while also decrease exporting of crime guns. something we have not talked about is the bands of what some people would call junk bonds these are inexpensive poorly
as mississippi and texas kind of going out to enact reforms. in 2004 and 2008, mississippi, for example, enacted laws that expanded parole eligibility and eliminated their truth in sentencing law placing parole restrictions on nonviolent offenders. they actually said if you're serving a nonviolent offense, you can be eligible for parole after serving 25 president of your -- 25% of your sentence rather than 85 president of your sentence. those were projected to save the state $450 million between 2008 and 2012 and reduce its prison population growth by a very significant percentage. since 2008 mississippi's crime rate has fallen to it lowest level since 1984. kentucky is another state enacted a law in 2011 that eliminated pretrial detention for many drug offenses including marijuana possession. and instituted probation for drug possession, reduced sentences for drug crimes and expanded parole eligibility. that reform is projected to save the state $422 million by 2020 and reduce its prison population growth by almost 19%. in ohio in 2011, ohio enacted a law that eliminated the crack cocaine sente
years in terms of rebuilding. we have seen that in louisiana and mississippi. we are still in mississippi, we're still working with the state to provide assistance to homeowners that are still rehabilitating their home. so we cannot wait really any longer to start -- >> is it fair to say a delayed recovery is a failed recovery speak with a delayed recovery is a failed recovery. recovery that doesn't allow for communities to plan for the range of means, understanding that it may take five to 10 years to recover, we would also say it is failed. >> administrator, taking off from the secretary's comments about the regional economy within the complex -- transportation is a critical element, is it not, if getting people to work, getting a workforce to their job, being able to great productivity, being able to drive a better bottom line, being able to move an economy? i think sometimes we think maybe another part of the country, transportation and particularly transit, in some types of luxury. but isn't it a necessity to economic success? >> it absolutely is, mr. chairman, but now
in the missouri and mississippi valleys. hurricanes in louisiana or florida. and other disasters. we've sent our tax dollars, billions of them. and now all of a sudden some are suggesting we should change the rules when we are hit by the first major disaster to hit the new york city region in a very long time. that's not fair. that's not right. and we have argued against it, and i hope my colleagues will defeat the lee amendment. and i also say to my colleagues that this is not just dollars and cents. these are people who care, are waiting, homeowners waiting to rebuild their homes. they haven't moved back in. small business owners who are hanging on by a thread after building a business for 25 years. we know when the hand of god strikes, it's overwhelming for them. take rita from emerald magic lawn care. her company helps local families, schools and businesses with lawn care in the spring and summer and around the holidays they help with decorations and lights. but emerald magic's business was interrupted for many weeks. the client base dried up. rita's business will be in huge trouble. it may
. the clerk: mr. whitehouse of rhode island. mr. wicker of mississippi. the vice president: please raise your right hand. the vice president: please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? the group: i do. the vice president: congratulations, senators. [applause] mr. reid: mr. president? the vice president: the majority leader. mr. reid: i note the absence of a quorum and ask the clerk to call the roll. the vice president: the absence of a quorum having been suggested, the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: the vice president: a quorum is present. the majority leader. mr. reid: can we have order, please. the vice president: may we have order in the senate. the majority leader. mr. reid: mr. president, we --
mississippi, west virginia, kentucky, alabama and south carolina. when i first looked at this i was thinking this has to have something to do with being in the southeastern and athletic conference in the ncaa. [laughter] that was my hypothesis. i'm not sure. i will tell you we see california, new jersey, new york a fraction of that at the rate at which they are exporting guns used in crimes. when you do the analysis to see which are most important, you find the most powerful deterrent to exporting the crime having this discretionary permit to purchase system, but even having a nondiscretionary permit process where you have to show up at a law enforcement agency and reduce export rates by 55% statistically significant important for the policies that we are talking about now being considered is the private sales regulation reduce divergent across state lines by 30%. and by the similar magnitude mandatory testing and loss reporting also decrease exporting of crime guns. something we haven't talked about is bands of what some people call junk guns that are poorly made handguns that are shown as
and flooding the mississippi river was inevitable. i visited several towns along the mississippi back then including quincy, illinois. then-senator barack obama and i came to quincy and pitched in filling sandbags with thousands of other volunteers. we worked through father's day to help mitigate the on coming flood, but it still came and there was serious damage. just like the people in new york and new jersey, these people did everything they could before and after and during the storm to save their homes, businesses and lives of their loved ones, but the magnitude of our 2008 storm was too big for local and state governments to handle. the magnitude of the flood, just like hurricane sandy, required action from congress and the federal government. we passed a supplemental appropriations bill for illinois and the midwest in 2008. that aid was essential to helping in our state the victims of that flood. i've served in congress for over 20 years and every time -- every time -- some section of our nation has been victimized by a disaster, we've come together as an american family to hel
. whitehouse of rhode island. mr. wicker of mississippi. the vice president: please raise your right hand. the vice president: please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? the group: i do. the vice president: congratulations, senators. ..
from texas to new orleans and get on a boat and come up the mississippi river and then ride a horse and take a stagecoach to get here. it took him weeks. same to go hope. james k. polk would take a stagecoach to pennsylvania and then -- or go on the river up to pennsylvania and follow the road to the house of representatives. at one time president polk after he became the president, had a vacancy in the attorney generals office and he wrote some person up in new hampshire and asked him to take the job. that took two or three weeks to get the letter and it took two or three weeks to get the answer, and the answer was "no." and so in those days, mr. president, there were long extended periods in this country between the annual sessions of the congress when the members of congress were spread all over the country. and so the founders anticipated that and they wisely put into the constitution a provision that said, during those times, the president may make a recess appointment, while the senate is in recess. and that person may hold the position until the end of the session. well, over
from arkansas, alabama, south carolina, mississippi, louisiana, north carolina and virginia. the democrats are changed. his an essay question that there's a gulf between the two parties. democrats democrats are more uniformly liberal party than they were when you are the majority party. certainly when you came to the house and even most recently appeared solicit on one side the change? >> mark, it is not one-sided, but i looked over the roster of ways and means when i entered in the next two years i did that yesterday and there's been a change in the composition both the democrats and republicans. and i regret what has happened. i think rich rooster dean has very much diminished competition in the 90s, i was in a marginal seat and had four contested elections. a few of us were talking yesterday about some of the ads we ran in this contested election. they were difficult. i think we need more of them. but mark, let me be very clear about what my feeling is. there has been some change in the democratic rains, but compared to the republican ranks, i think there's been considera
king out of greenwood back to mississippi. >> if you have somebody or you if you want to. >> you could be dealing with someone working over you? i hate to ask you to be dealing with someone working the department of justice. but why don't i call them and see. >> i never had the slightest indication he didn't want to cooperate with you or rick marshall. he's never indicated anything like it to me. >> at the very difficult situation for everybody here now whether a snack or burke or me or anybody that has to do with them. but will get through. c-span: i don't want to sound incredulous, but how could that have been? how the attorney general not tell the fbi director what to do? >> guest: jay edgar hoover hated robert kennedy. it's interesting, people don't give enough force to the key role, the character personality plays in politics and power. this telephone call to my mind, and your question, hoover hated robert kennedy. robert kennedy insisted there be a telephone on hoover's desk of robert kennedy could call at any time soon as president kennedy died, the telephone is removed from his
legislation that covers alabama, mississippi, southern illinois, all parts. so if ten is not magical, i'm willing to go to three as a cliff. so we're there. [laughter] but that said -- because the assault clip changes the type of gun. it dramatically changes it. two, i do think of comprehensive background checks that deal with criminal activity would be essential to anything closing on that loophole. obviously, the seller pieces you can do. i do think usually people think about executive order, something the president would seen, i think he has to direct the attorney general as a measure of each attorney what they're doing on gun prosecutions. we have a u.s. attorney position here in the city of chicago. it's opened up. our gun prosecutions as a city compared to, you compare it to others, kind of u.s. attorneys' positions, lags other ones. there should be a standard, and they should be measured and have to report. and can that is within the executive authority because you have gun laws that sit on the books and do not get prosecuted. so i would put the prosecution and holding the u.s. a
, in colorado, in louisiana, florida, minnesota, mississippi, new york, utah and wisconsin, north, south, east and west. and of the $180 million the house approved for sandy-related emergency watershed protection relief, only $30 million has been requested, yet the house bill is saying that other communities cannot have access to these funds to protect their own people. it's senselessly wasteful to leave these other communities behind to suffer the effects of less recent disasters, whether they faced wildfire, hurricane or flood. mr. president, i'm not being an alarmist. coloradans unfortunately have already experienced some of these effects. for example, the usually clear and crystal clear puta river has been flowing black, literally flowing black due to ash and runoff from the fires. this forced the downstream city of fort collins to shut off their water intake for over 100 days. i know senator bennet was on site just a week ago, and the pictures were tragic and they compel action. further downstream on that important water course, the pu. uter, the city of greeley shut off their water intak
update on state to state, the vice president, go ahead. >> and the state which was mississippi, and took almost a year, and we are implementing in a white 2014. and full implementation. states are coming non and it is like 8 per year estimated. it will take awhile for states to come on board but we're back on track. >> there are two and other systems that have been available. and many states agreed to increase the efficiency of their processes, one case where they were required to hire more full-time personnel and real id saved the state money because they were able to process drivers license applications more efficiently and quickly. >> we will open up the questions. i ask that you wait for the microphone to come around for those of our viewers on line. and state your name and who you are. no one? okay. >> the coalition of driver's licenses, regarding the branding discussion of the specifics of the law, not withstanding your courage in being the first state out there, hope you realize how difficult it is to be the first of the states to take on a difficult task, regarding the law, you p
mississippi or deep south. where before that was a standard pipeline. so sure enough it does appear that the control states were effected in that sense by the brady act. on the other hand, in chicago when we took a look, we could not see any effect on the use of guns in homicide. so big changes in the underground market but very little change apparently in access by the violent people we're accounting for the homicide rate. and as a result were skeptical of the ideas that it really changed in trafficking patterns made much different in terms of gun use. all right. so if we step back and say, well suppose we were basically right. and that in fact the brady act is was in effective -- ineffective why might that be? and very quickly we can be reminded of the limitations of that act and that were evident at the time or even more evident now, the greatest limitation is as it turns out, most criminals did not obtain their guns guns from lislessed dealers. they obtain their guns from the secondary mark of the informal undocumented market. much of which, by the way, is legal. by which is ent
days taking care of mississippi, alabama, and especially louisiana. within days. we are now past two months with the people of new york. and the people of new orleans, in that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what's happened to the people in new england. almost a million people have lost their homes. a million people lost their homes. that's homes. that's not people in those homes. so i think it's just really unfortunate that we don't have the relief for new york and new jersey and the rest of new england already. it has to be done. we have to meet the needs of the american people when an act of god occurs. so i, on behalf of, i think, the entire senate, certainly my democratic caucus, express my appreciation to the legislative initiative and the legislative expertise -- let me say that again. expertise. mr. president, may the record reflect i said expertise. expertise of my friend from new york, an experienced legislator in the state of new york, house of representatives and the united states senate. really a masterful job. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent th
a conference call with louisiana and mississippi to discuss their experiences with hurricanes and having elections after hurricanes and trying to get as much insight as we could from them, and they were excuse me helpful in helping us to develop a quick plan -- extremely helpful. after those calls, i had conference calls with county election officials and startling of the plants we need to get in place statewide so everybody was on the same page. unfortunately, there's only so much we could de's only so much we could do not knowing where the storm is going to hit at that point. so a lot of what we were doing, contingencies and he was going to be impacted and who wasn't. so unfortunately became a waiting game after that. so we also on the 26th got a list of all of our polling places to our state board of public utility so they could get that out of all the utility companies, get us on the list to prioritize the polling places as locations to get power back on after the storm. so that was very helpful to get that out and get that out in front so that when they were putting together the tea
ones like the mississippi river and the colorado river are all interconnected and indeed the flow through multiple states. how do you think about the nexus between the local and the inner connectivity with the broad watershed. i'm going to get you to respond as well. if things are local, but the problems are bigger than purely local, how do you connect them? your thoughts since you work on water. >> do you want me to stand? >> yes, please. >> raise my right hand? [laughter] i want to say thank you for your great remarks. i think you selflessly moved into questions and you would have gotten a lot of applause for your remarks at the beginning. [applause] ibm used to being in this position, and it's one that is one of the most difficult. when our downstream impact, where the octetstring property owners or collaborators have to sacrifice in some way or collaborate in some way that were the benefits removed, it does lead to finger-pointing, and i think that one of the most important principles, whether you are a non-regulatory consensus builder or a regulatory enforcement officials is
mississippi, five minutes. >> thank you, chairman. in the upcoming nasa reauthorization, some of the recent bills we passed in putting the indemnification bill as it has already been expressed by other members and the witnesses i'm concerned with the vision and the addition to become budget issues causing grief in the long and short-term programs and commissions what are the long-term goals to take into account all of the initiatives from space exploration. the report attempted to answer these questions and discuss some of them they could take the job will become more difficult as the budgets shrink. the administration and congress must do a better job of informing the american people about the important work nasa does and the overwhelming benefits to society reaches as a result. maintaining the leadership in the world is extremely important and is worth investing in. but we must not forget that an investment is also an investment in research to the demint for future technologies. nasa has a proven record and thousands of examples from the technologies that we simply cannot live without in
was mississippi. but all that has been cleared up. we are looking at implementing inlay 2014 so we are excited. we're on a good road for state to state full application. we will be launching it. states becoming on i think we decided it would be like at per year. it's going to take a while for states to come aboard but we are back on track. >> wonderful. and the are two other system that have become available. one was the u.s. patent and tls, which many states have agreed have actually increased the efficiency of their processes. at least one case where they were required to hire more full-time personnel. dls and real id actually saved the states a little bit of money because they were able to process driver's license fabrications much more quickly and efficiently. >> all right. will open up for question. i would ask that you wait for the microphone to come around for those of our viewers online. and also stage a name and who you are with. >> no one? okay. >> yet, brian with coalition for a secure driver's license. jennifer, regarding the brand discussion of the specifics of the law, notwithstandin
that is going on, whether it's joplin, missouri, or gulfport, mississippi, or new orleans, louisiana, or new york, new york, or the boardwalk in new jersey and many of those small -- not-so-small beach communities, very highly populated in that area, there is a lot of suffering, but it is important for us to try to when we can and we see that the response is not what it should be, madam president, to take the time to push out some reforms, to fix what we can fix so that the $60 billion that i hope we will send to them can be used smartly, quickly, efficiently. and i am a living proof as a senator that has had to literally help lead the rebuilding of the gulf coast along with my friends from texas and mississippi and florida, and living proof as my hometown is new orleans, my brother is now the mayor and he's rebuilding that city every day. 80% of the residential communities on the east bank were destroyed completely. i mean, that would be like 80% of the district of columbia but not anacostia, but 80%, which would be the whole other side of d.c. on this side of the river being uninhabitable.
in such a personal way, to experience the gift of traveling along the banks of the mighty mississippi through iowa and south dakota and along the rivers where lewis and clark marked and measured the dream of our first secretary of state, thomas jefferson, who foresaw an america that would advance into the west, to experience a journey that took me to alabama where i stood silently in the very pulpit from which dr. king preached his dream of an america united and dipped my fingers into the fountain into birmingham where water flows over the names of those murdered trying to vote or just registering to vote, to see the water trickle over the words of dr. king's prayer that justice might roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. i drove across the hoover dam and i wondered as i did at what america can accomplish when we want to, when we put our minds to it. driving across the golden gate bridge at dawn and reminded that it was built at the height of the great depression when so many feared that our best days were behind us. what i have seen and heard and learned in traveling acros
for by naming the new bridge that's being built across the mississippi river at st. louis in the honor of stan musial. now, i grew up on the illinois side, and we kind of looked over at the missouri side a little differently than most and they looked at us a little differently, too, but if there is one thing that ever united us, it was baseball loyalty and stan musial. it's a perfect name for a bridge that spans between illinois and missouri in that region of the country. i am proud to join senator claire mccaskill, and we will be introducing a bill to name the bridge the stan musial memorial bridge. other legislation is being considered in the illinois and missouri general assemblies at this time. i wish them the best in honoring this great man. it was my great honor to join him on that historic day when he was given the presidential medal of freedom, and he's always going to be my hero. mr. president, i ask consent that my next statement be placed in a separate part in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. durbin: mr. president, on a different topic, i rise today to reint
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